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JENNIFER CRONIN 2016 ALUMNI AWARD WINNER
Faculty of Law
The University’s 8th Chancellor
Celebrating our community
A bronze tribute to Bond’s past
The past & future of Bond Law
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Warm Welcome The University’s 8th Chancellor The Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC
Homecoming Celebrating alumni in all corners of the globe
Faculty of Law Exploring the past, present and future of Bond Law
Founders’ Corner Creating a bronze tribute to the University’s past
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Brian Jean’s political drive born at Bond
Courtney Petersen shines in top legal role
Dr Chen Xuebin changing the face of China
Campus & Careers 32
Built environment students tackle world competition
Bondies living the Olympic dream at Rio 2016
Yarning up receives Premier’s Award
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ALUMNI BECOME LEADERS LEADERSHIP is an oft-used word. So much so that our vocabulary has advanced now to distinguish ‘true leaders’ from... well I am not sure from what. Part of the reason for the ambiguous debate about leadership is that leadership means different things to different people. Moreover different circumstances require different styles of leadership. Some argue that leaders are born and those attributes that are critical for successful leadership are embedded in our genes. While others claim that successful leadership can be taught and embedded through practice and training. But like many things in life, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. We hear tales of great inspiration, gallantry and leadership in times of war. Often these heroic acts are performed by the rank and file and not the majors and generals formally appointed to leadership positions. Similarly in sport, premiership teams speak about desperate, morale-lifting acts performed by the lesser lights of the team who inspire those around them. The parallels in business are obvious and consultants who promote organisational change warn of the pitfalls of cultural change programs that are not owned and shared across all levels of the organisation. Each year we celebrate the achievements and successes of our alumni. This recognition culminates at the Annual Alumni Awards Dinner evening which is one of the highlights on the Bond calendar.
This issue of the ARCH carries the story of our 2016 award winners. What defines each of them is that they would reject any notion of being called a true leader. Dr Jenny Cronin, Ms Allyson Seaborn and Ms Melanie Hayden are outstanding ambassadors for our University. However they do not seek the limelight nor promote themselves. They are exemplars of humility. Yet each of them have earned the greatest of respect from their peers. Bond University is an interesting case study in leadership. We punch well above our weight when it comes to the achievements of our alumni, and indeed by an extraordinary margin. In addition to our three award winners, this issue (as with every issue) carries stories of alumni that have defied the odds and experienced meteoric rises through business, industry and government, or carved a swath through social and global agendas. In my travels, I continue to hear from employers about how impressed they are with the calibre of Bond graduates. They speak of self-starters who possess initiative yet who are team-orientated and respect authority. Our graduates have carved an excellent reputation for the University which has been forged over 27 years of hard work and endeavour. So while we recognise a handful of our graduates in a public way, I want to also recognise the many thousands of Bondies who each and every day earn the respect of their peers, work hard to influence others, serve our society and local communities, inspire others and do so without a formal leadership title. That is the essence of true leadership.
PROFESSOR TIM BRAILSFORD
Vice-Chancellor and President www.arch.bond.edu.au
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CIOBO STEPS INTO NEW ROLE
BOND alumnus Stephen Ciobo MP has continued to climb the political ladder, recently stepping into his role as Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.
WHAT'S HAPPENING + WHAT'S NEWS + WHAT'S COMING
The Bachelor of Law and Commerce graduate says he is proud to take up the mantle, working alongside the Turnbull Government to effect change for industries including exports and overseas investment.
Serving up a new generation of
NUTRITIONISTS DURING Bond University’s 25th anniversary year, the first cohort of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice students commenced their postgraduate journey.
increased requirement for nutrition and dietetic professionals, particularly in the areas of aged care and chronic disease management,” says Professor Isenring.
Now, two years later, these students are gearing up to graduate from the same course that has earned a reputation as the country’s most comprehensive postgraduate program in nutrition and dietetics.
“Nutrition can be quite a crowded market. Everyone under the sun thinks they’re an expert, whereas we emphasise the science base while encouraging entrepreneurship, marketing and business skills, so that our students are work ready and also able to create their own jobs.”
Head of Program Professor Liz Isenring has congratulated the inaugural group on their success, and says the industry is continuing to ripen for professionals of the Bond calibre. “Looking towards the future workforce there’s absolutely going to be an
From their first semester of study the graduating students stepped into roles ranging from private practice to university research at locations across Australia, including remote Indigenous communities.
As part of their studies, the students also travelled to a conference in Vienna which included a visit to the UN and the National Atomic Agency to learn about body composition and growth, which is useful in the context of third world development. Other opportunities saw participation in the Bond Medicine Program’s placement in Solomon Islands hospitals and Norfolk Island working in Indigenous support. Professor Isenring highlighted the greater scope that small class sizes provide, in addition to a greater focus on individual strengths and identification of areas that need development. Inaugural Master of Nutrition & Dietetic Practice students
“I am honoured to have been sworn in as Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment,” says Mr Ciobo. L-R: Mr Bob East, Mr John O’Sullivan and Ms Andrea Staines
LEADERS FORUM WRAPS UP TOURISM EXCHANGE THE first Bond Business Leaders Forum of the year successfully concluded the 37th Annual Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), with Tourism Australia’s Managing Director Mr John O’Sullivan in the spotlight providing the keynote address. During his presentation, Mr O’Sullivan highlighted the burgeoning Asian inbound tourism market and outlined what Australia’s economic future might hold for industries such as leisure, sport and media services as a result of increased traffic. “Asian visitors are looking for four key attributes out of a destination like Australia, safety and security,” says Mr O’Sullivan. “That also includes friendliness and assuredness of experience, natural attractions, value for money, and also food and wine. “It’s as important to international visitors as it is to domestic visitors - it’s about the friendly people who serve you, the place you consume it and the produce that goes into it.” In 2014, Mr O’Sullivan took the helm of Tourism Australia, having previously working as the COO of Fox Sports. Mr O’Sullivan has also previously held
executive positions with Events Queensland, the Football Federation Australia and the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee. Executive Dean of Bond Business School Professor Terry O’Neill says Mr O’Sullivan’s presentation was particularly relevant to Gold Coasters considering the region’s reputation as a tourism mecca. “Given the Gold Coast’s position as one of the leading tourism destinations in the country with 10.5 million visitors flocking to the area yearly, we have much to learn from John’s more than 20 years’ experience in sports marketing, event management and media across Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East,” says Professor O’Neill. Hosted by Bond Business School, the Leaders Forum is an exclusive series of presentations from Australian and international business identities, providing valuable insight and networking opportunities for industry professionals, alumni, students and staff. Previous guest speakers include Aurizon Managing Director and CEO Mr Lance Hockridge and Virgin Australia Group CEO Mr John Borghetti.
“The Turnbull Government will pursue an ambitious trade agenda to grow our exports, attract new investment and increase visitor numbers.” Mr Ciobo has vowed to work with the Government in seeking a greater share of the Chinese market, having already designated 2017 as the Australia-China Year of Tourism. “I will be an unwavering advocate for the tourism industry around the Cabinet table,” says Mr Ciobo. “The Government will further improve Australia’s competitive advantage in tourism, building on our achievements of the past three years.” Accommodation Association of Australia CEO Richard Munro looks forward to working with Mr Ciobo, who has also served as the representative of Moncrieff for the past 15 years. “Mr Ciobo has been a strong supporter of tourism, both as a Cabinet Minister as an elected representative of one of Australia’s iconic tourism regions, Queensland’s Gold Coast, and we look forward to continuing to work with him for mutually beneficial outcomes,” says Mr Munro. Tourism Accommodation Australia and the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia also have offered congratulations to Mr Ciobo, and look forward to hearing a strong voice for tourism at the Cabinet table.
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NEURO RESEARCHER JOINS HSM
Associate Professor Jenny Ekberg
BOND University has appointed Associate Professor Jenny Ekberg, a specialist in neurophysiology, to its Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine. Transitioning from a full-time research fellow to dividing her time between researching and lecturing, Associate Professor Ekberg previously held positions at the University of Queensland, Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology. Associate Professor Ekberg says the advanced teaching technologies at Bond offer a fantastic opportunity to merge her fields of expertise in neuroscience with the Faculty’s study program. “I’m just very happy with my new job and the new generation of students who are brilliant and so technology savvy - I’m very inspired by them,” says Associate Professor Ekberg. “It is a field that evolves very quickly and we are using a lot of new technology, for example trying to create a 3D-printed nerve bridge and implant it into damaged nervous system tracks,” she says. “I’m currently undertaking two research projects on how bacteria can get in from the nose to the brain and how that can be stopped. The other project is to create a new cure for spinal cord injury using stems from the nose.” Bond alumnus Perry Cross, who was paralysed in a sporting accident, started the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation and along with the Australian Research Council and the Clem Jones Foundation is helping fund the research projects. “In the future I’m hoping to create a group or centre for neuroscience in this Faculty,” says Associate Professor Ekberg.
START-UPS SET TO FLOURISH AT BOND
INDIGENOUS ART GETS IT WAS Alisha Geary’s love for Indigenous art which first inspired her to take on the fashion world.
BOND has recently celebrated the launch of its new dedicated coworking space The Hub - a zone to harness, support and develop Bond’s budding start-ups.
resource to leverage for success.
While leading a Bond University Corrigan Art Walk tour group through the campus she thought, ‘this artwork would look stunning on a dress.’
“These start-ups will have access to cutting-edge entrepreneurs from Bond and beyond,” says Assistant Professor U’Ren.
It wasn’t until a friend mentioned the activewear concept that Ms Geary decided to turn her ideas into a reality, using Bond’s Business Accelerator as the catalyst.
Sitting at the heart of Bond Business School, The Hub’s design was inspired by some of the world’s leading start-up spaces including Stanford’s d.school, Rocketspace and the Cambridge Innovation Centre.
“Additionally, we are highly engaged in a number of regional entrepreneurial initiatives including Gold Coast Demo Day, Ideas Camp, the Silicon Valley Study Tour and the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards.”
Now, Ms Geary has delved into her own Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage to launch Faebella – an activewear label which showcases designs sourced from Indigenous artists.
Assistant Professor and Director of the Bond Business Commercialisation Centre Baden U’Ren says that through The Hub, budding businesses now have an invaluable
The Hub is an open-plan office kitted out with high-speed WiFi, a 79inch ultra HD screen, comfortable furnishings and – of course – the ubiquitous ping pong table. Ms Alisha Geary
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS FOR BOND DUO BOND University’s Professor Vicki Bitsika and Adjunct Associate Professor Peter Heiner have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for 2016.
Society and Design since 2010, Professor Bitsika spent 12 years as Lecturer, Special Education and Psychology Programs, at Monash University.
Both have been made Members (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for outstanding service in their respective fields.
Associate Professor Peter Heiner was awarded an AM for significant service to medicine as an ophthalmologist. He also has been recognised for services to medical education and eye health research and to professional organisations.
Professor Bitsika, a Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) since 1986, both as an academic and as a supporter of people with disabilities. The Professor of Behaviour Management and Counselling and Director of the Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorder, says she felt proud and humbled to receive the award. “I am simply following my passion and doing what I love, and was shocked to receive the award,” Professor Bitsika says. “I hope this honour will cause the families I work with to be more formally recognised, and create a platform to have more in-depth conversations about autistic children.” Prior to joining Bond University’s Faculty of
The co-founder of The Eye Centre, which later became the Vision Eye Institute, is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Bond University’s School of Health Sciences & Medicine and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. He helped establish the Bond School of Medicine in 2005 and was involved in the establishment of the Clem Jones Research Centre for Stem Cells and Tissue Regenerative Therapies. “I was absolutely delighted and thrilled to learn of the recognition bestowed upon Vicki and Peter, as they are deserving recipients,” says Bond University’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford.
already out there can also be quite bland as it is,” says Ms Geary. “This kind of art on activewear I think would look really eye-catching, and that’s where the inspiration came from.” Using the knowledge and skills gained from her classes at Bond, Ms Geary has embraced entrepreneurship to break through the difficulties associated with starting her own business.
Her best piece of advice to anyone juggling a business idea with regular work and study is to be resourceful, and to always continue learning from the experience of others.
Ms Geary says the activewear industry is ripe for the offering and that she is excited to explore different avenues for her designs including leggings, sports bras, jackets and yoga mats.
“Working on a project like this, you need to tell as many people as you can because you never know what kind of opportunities they have to offer, what connections they have, what advice or what skills they have to contribute,” says Ms Geary.
“Activewear is such a booming market at the moment, and many of the designs
“Being resourceful is the best way to achieve something you want.”
NEW DEGREE BUILDS ON THE NARRATIVE THE creative industries are being brought closer together through the introduction of a Bachelor of Creative Arts, with the first intake scheduled for the start of this year’s September semester. The degree will take two years’ full-time study and students are required to do three core subjects and undertake three majors including a foundation major in creative writing. Course co-designers, Bond University Lecturers Caroline Graham and Kevin Roberts believe it is not necessarily a creative writing degree but rather premised on the idea that narrative and storytelling are key components to the creative industries. “Whether students want to be documentary film makers or do game narrative and design or work in the corporate sector for non-forprofits, even someone who is doing speech writing or social media for a politician, would need a strong sense of narrative,” Ms Graham says. In the final stages of their degree, students will have the opportunity to develop a capstone creative work project,
which will knit what they have learned across their three selected content areas together into a major portfolio piece showcasing their skills.
Teaching Fellow Caroline Graham
“Essentially students would spend their last two semesters working on a major portfolio piece which could be anything from a novella to a screenplay, producing the beginning of a web series or creating a freelance portfolio of work for the corporate sector,” Ms Graham says. “The idea is that we can provide for jobs that exist now and the future, so that students putting these majors together in combination would create their own pathways based on their own niches, taking an ownership of the direction that they take.”
Senior Teaching Fellow Kevin Roberts
Looking to engage with the wider Gold Coast community and give students access to a diverse range of professionals, plans for the future include book launches and readings on campus as well as writers’ residencies. Choices of majors include advertising, communication, film and television, journalism, media, multimedia design, public relations and social media.
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FIGHTING CRIME, FORENSIC STYLE BOND University’s Dr Adrian Gepp, alumnus Assistant Professor of Statistics, has received the American Accounting Association’s 2016 Best Dissertation Award for Forensic Accounting.
HEALTH EXPERT PROVIDES A KICKSTART L-R: Professor Rachael Field, Professor Jonathan Crowe and Professor Kate Galloway
BOND University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine has been given another boost through the launch of its latest degree, a Masters of Occupational Therapy. The course aims to produce professionals who are ready to succeed within the occupational therapy industry, one of Australia’s fastest growing health professions. Bond will be just the second university in Queensland to offer occupational therapy as a graduate entry postgraduate qualification, with a focus on practical on-the-job skills, business acumen and research. Experienced health administrator, practitioner and researcher Professor Susan Brandis has been seconded from Queensland Health to kick-start the new
program, which will accept its first intake of students in September 2016. Professor Brandis has come to the University following 15 years in senior management at Queensland Health, where she held clinical interest in aged care, rehabilitation and palliative care. During a 37-year career she has worked in various roles for both the public and nongovernment sectors, involved in research projects on patient safety and quality, organisational culture and patient outcomes. “There is increasing demand in the community for quality of care and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has further bolstered the need for occupational therapists,” says Professor Brandis.
TALKING HER WAY TO THE TOP BOND alumna Gabrielle Morriss has won the NSW Young Lawyers Annual Golden Gavel competition, which was held in May. The Golden Gavel is a public speaking competition first established in 1993 and is open to all NSW Young Lawyer members and law students. Ms Morriss, who works for Allens Lawyers, had the 800-strong crowd in stitches during her speech on the topic ‘Legal Profession Uniform Laws: Who Wore it Best?’ Ms Morriss, who graduated from Bond in 2013 with Honours in a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of International Relations, spent a year living in Darwin
and working for the Chief Justice of the Northern Territory. During her speech, she used humour to highlight the absurdity of the Australian Uniform Laws. The Golden Gavel, which is held annually during National Law Week, drew 10 competitors, with Ms Morriss now heading for Hobart in October to represent NSW in the national competition. Among the judging panel this year was President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, and partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers Mark Doepel.
“It is a profession where you can make a real difference to peoples’ lives and there are so many different careers you can pursue, with the broad nature of the program ensuring opportunities to diversify into a range of management and leadership roles.” The new program will include more than 1,000 clinical hours, ensuring graduates have extensive hands-on experience with intensive one-on-one support and mentorship throughout. The Bond Masters of Occupational Therapy program has recently been granted Accreditation until August 2018 by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia and New Zealand. The program aims to deliver graduates with a qualification recognized internationally.
FORMIDABLE TRIO BOLSTER STUDIES IN LAW BOND University’s renowned Faculty of Law has been given a boost with the appointment of three highly respected academics, whose expertise includes family law, legal philosophy and legal education. Professor Rachael Field, Professor Jonathan Crowe and Assistant Professor Kate Galloway have all commenced teaching at Bond adding to the University’s team of national and international legal experts. Professor Field is a national leader in legal education, dispute resolution, family law and women in law, and she will bring to Bond University the National Wellness Network for Law, which she founded and coordinates. An advocate for access to justice for vulnerable women and their children, Professor Field’s research into mediation and domestic violence, legal education and wellbeing contributed to her being awarded the 2013 Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year. Professor Field will be co-authoring a book with fellow Bond University recruit, Professor Crowe, on the new approach to ethics in mediation and dispute resolution. Professor Crowe is recognised globally for his work on legal philosophy, ethical theory and public law, and has more than a decade of experience teaching constitutional law, legal theory and public
international law, particularly international humanitarian and human rights law. Professor Crowe is the President of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy and serves on the Queensland International Humanitarian Law Committee of the Australian Red Cross. Assistant Professor Galloway is a prolific researcher and commentator in the fields of legal education and property law, and has a decade of experience teaching land law, public law, public international law and Indigenous law. In addition, she is Associate Editor of the Legal Education Review, serves on Queensland Law Society’s Equalising Opportunity in the Law committee and was a founder of the Australian Legal Education Associate Dean’s Network. Bond University Faculty of Law Executive Dean, Professor Nick James, says the appointments have further bolstered Bond’s highly-regarded team of legal academics. “Rachael, Jonathan and Kate are among the most respected legal minds in Australia,” Professor James says. “They each bring with them extensive experience in aspects of the law that are complementary to the expertise and skills we already have within the Bond Faculty of Law and are, therefore, a great asset to our team.”
Dr Gepp’s research paper, titled Improved Models to Detect Fraud in Financial Statements, has since inspired the development of cutting-edge computer modelling techniques that can automatically classify financial reports as either fraudulent or legitimate. According to Dr Gepp, the program can be used by regulators and investigating agencies as well as corporate boards and investors to improve early detection of fraudulent accounting practice. “I am honoured to receive this award from such a prestigious organisation and very excited that my work is being recognised on the international stage,” says Dr Gepp. Dr Gepp is at the forefront of an evolving industry, one which he is eager to continue shaping as the lead organiser of the Forensic Accounting Teaching and Research Symposium to be held in October at Bond University. “Forensic accounting is an emerging field of study that is being influenced by a rapidly changing digital world,” says Dr Gepp. “The objective of the symposium is to share information on all areas of research and education, as well as highlighting recent developments and innovations. “We are also calling for submissions embracing a multidisciplinary approach to forensic accounting.” Other recent highlights for Dr Gepp include his presentations to the Queensland Police Service’s Fraud and Cyber Crime Symposium, Brisbane’s Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Bond Business Links.
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Chancellor Annabelle Bennett with Vice-Chancellor & President Tim Brailsford
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland (R)
Chancellor Annabelle Bennett’s inaugural address
“Annabelle will bring an extraordinary depth of understanding of both higher education and several disciplines that are very important to Bond”
AFTER searching far and wide, Bond has welcomed a new Chancellor with a strong record in a range of disciplines.
education and several disciplines that are very important to Bond," says Professor Brailsford.
The Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC was formally elected as the University's eighth chancellor on April 19, succeeding Dr Helen Nugent AO who served the maximum term allowable under the Constitution of six years and eleven months, as Chancellor.
"Her interests in diverse fields such as health sciences and law will bring a new perspective on multidisciplinary studies."
Dr Bennett retired as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia in March 2016 after a distinguished career in the law. She was appointed as Senior Counsel in New South Wales in 1994, and is recognised globally for her expertise in intellectual property law. In addition to her Federal Court appointment, Dr Bennett previously has been the President of the Copyright Tribunal of Australia, Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT. In 2005 she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to the law.
Bond University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, says Dr Bennett’s diverse knowledge is a significant asset for Bond’s leadership team.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW
Chancellor The Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC with the 7th Chancellor Dr Helen Nugent AO
She is expected to bring a new depth to Bond as it develops into a truly multidisciplinary institution. "Annabelle will bring an extraordinary depth of understanding of both higher
Dr Bennett hails from a health science background, initially graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science and subsequently completing a PhD in Cell Biology. She changed track in 1980 to follow a lifelong interest in the law, and quickly developed expertise in intellectual property, administrative law and professional misconduct. Dr Bennett is a former Chairperson of the National Health and Medical Research Council, and has extensively served the community through many other endeavours too: as Trustee of the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust; Director of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation; Member of the Board of the Eastern Sydney Area Health Service; Director of the Management Committee of Westmead Research Institute; and Member of the Board of the United Dental Hospital Sydney. Dr Bennett is very experienced, having served as Pro Chancellor of the Australian National University for more than a decade. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, which provides additional insight into trends and developments in global education.
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For the better half of her executive leadership, Ms Cronin has been impacted by several major global crises which greatly affected society and the hotel industry specifically, including the September 11 attacks, SARS, coupe d’états and the Bali bombings. As Thailand underwent the Red Shirt political crisis, Ms Cronin was also serving as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Dusit International when its headquarters were targeted. While Ms Cronin is skilled at crisis management as a defensive mechanism, this hasn’t stopped her being proactive with personal and professional development, for which Bond recognised she was most deserving. In 2011, she took a three-year sabbatical and returned to Bond to complete postdoctoral studies. Her PhD on crisis management leadership was recognised with an Australian Postgraduate Award and presented to elite students based on academic achievement, research ability and potential. “Returning to do my PhD was honestly like coming home to the family,” says Dr Cronin.
Alumna Dr Jennifer Cronin
MOST wouldn’t dare think about selling their home to undertake a Masters program. However, Dr Jennifer Cronin did just that in a career plan that has led her to become head of one of the world’s leading hotel brands. Dr Cronin was in the inaugural cohort of 892 students, undertaking a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Bond in 1989 graduating with the MBA Director’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. She grew up locally, attending Beenleigh State High School before completing an undergraduate degree in Japanese and Economics. Now she’s the President of Hong Kongheadquartered Marco Polo Hotel Group, overseeing 5,000 staff, with five China hotels in the pipeline and a US$1 billion project in Hong Kong set to open in late 2017.
L-R: Chancellor The Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC, Dr Jennifer Cronin, Vice-Chancellor & President Professor Tim Brailsford
“I had a dream and just pursued it all the way,” she says.
part of the opening team of Conrad Hotel and Jupiters Casino,” she says.
“It confirms to me that my investment at Bond through selling our house, which I thank my wonderful husband for, has really paid off great dividends for all time.”
“The dynamic forces of the Asian markets and their growth factors have presented me with boundless opportunities to develop my career and professional experience in the international arena.”
Dr Cronin is this year’s recipient of the Robert Stable Alumni Medal, the University’s most prestigious accolade awarded to a graduate for achievement of exceptional nature in any field. She started from the ground up to see the Gold Coast through its golden years of tourism, from the heady days of the late1980s into the mid-1990s.
Dr Cronin went on to take senior roles at the Holiday Inn Hope Island and Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove, where she was promoted to Area Director of Marketing for Grand Hyatt’s South-East Asia division and the Grand Hyatt Singapore.
Dr Cronin landed her first management position in 1985 as Head of National Convention Sales at Conrad Jupiters Casino, then Australia’s largest hotel.
During her six years in Singapore, Dr Cronin was acknowledged as a sales and marketing leader for her focus on the growth of intra-regional Asia Pacific travel, which accounted for 60 per cent of business into Singapore’s luxury hotel market.
“With a degree in Japanese, I was at the beginning of the Gold Coast’s internationalisation in the eighties and was
It wasn’t all high-flying though, and it has taken Dr Cronin a little more than strong leadership to sail through the new century.
“It was an emotional and very tough journey; for anyone about to embark on their PhD, you need a lot of stamina and passion to get it done. “I thank my family for putting up with me every time I’ve had a crazy thought about wanting to grow, do more study and make a positive difference in my career. “My husband of 35 years knew never to ask at any stage ‘how are you going with the PhD’ and was just a pillar of strength at all times.” While finalising her PhD in 2014, Dr Cronin was appointed Vice-President of Sales and Marketing of Hong Kong-headquartered Marco Polo Hotels. In less than two years, she rose to company President. Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, says it was very inspiring for Dr Cronin to press pause on her career and she’s reaped the benefits for it. “Jennifer has enjoyed an exceptional career in the upper echelons of the tourism industry, while also demonstrating an admirable commitment to personal and professional development,” says Professor Brailsford. “She is a prime example of how postgraduate education, such as Master or PhD studies, can help with career progression from front line positions to senior management and leadership roles.”
Dr Jennifer Cronin with her hotel General Managers & Senior Management team at the Marco Polo Changzhou Hotel
“The dynamic forces of the Asian markets and their growth factors have presented me with boundless opportunities to develop my career and professional experience in the international arena.”
Alumna Ms Melanie Hayden
ONCE a star student, now alumna Deena Lynch is on her way to also becoming a music star.
Alumna Ms Allyson Seaborn (R)
The Bachelor of Business graduate is working as an artist manager, while balancing her own burgeoning career in the music business. Ms Lynch took out the Most Pomising Female Songwriter of the Year at the Queensland Music Awards earlier this year, and has since been performing around Australia, including on her home soil for Live at Bond in May.
ADVENTURE ALLYSON Seaborn says if there’s one thing Mongolia has taught her, it’s that having health, food, a bed and someone to love makes you very lucky. Ms Seaborn moved to Mongolia four years ago with her family. She has since created a television show, worked as an editor and helped elevate the community through her work with NGOs, for which she has received the Bond University Alumni Achievement Award for Community in 2016. Commencing in 1990, Ms Seaborn took a leap of faith for a Bachelor of Laws at Bond. She says this degree ultimately proved to be her ‘anchor’, enabling her to veer down many different paths, from a practicing lawyer to editor of a national newspaper. Ms Seaborn says studying at Bond helped fine tune her research and writing skills, and above all, nurtured an ‘inquiring mind that questions everything’. “A healthy amount of scepticism goes a long way in this world,” says Ms Seaborn. “Learning to argue a point is also an invaluable skill I refined while at University. I gained a lot of confidence during my time at Bond, mostly from my mooting and debating challenges.” Ms Seaborn has drawn on this confidence many times throughout her career. The most pivotal moment was leaving a career in criminal and family law to embark on new challenges, with more on the line for every new challenge she takes on.
For Ms Seaborn, hard decisions these days can be life and death. Recently she decided to venture 40 metres down a dangerous mine shaft in Nalaikh, on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, all in the name of public service. “I felt like I was going to die, but it was a story that needed to be told. It takes guts to make a change and take the road less travelled,” says Ms Seaborn.
when the air is toxic because of pollution,” she says. “My dear friend Gantugs Shagdar accompanies me up to the ger district in the winter months with coal, food, clothing and toys. It’s always a heart wrenching experience, but it’s taught me to toughen up.
Most recently, Ms Seaborn created the Talk With Me television series while working in Mongolia as an Ulaanbaatar-based freelance writer, and is now in discussions about starting a new series with one of the larger networks.
“One time it was -30 degrees Celsius on our trip and some of the residents barely had any coal to keep a fire going. The kids were too sick to get out of bed and go to school, parents in bed with sores rotting away at their skin. Gantugs and I are a good team and I don’t know if I could do the work without him.”
“A big career highlight was being the first foreign journalist to interview the former Chairman of Parliament, Enkhbold Z. He liked my article so much it was translated into Mongolian and put on the parliamentary website – an honour not given to many Mongolians, much less a foreigner,” she says.
With so much to be done, and owing to the people she’s met along the way, Ms Seaborn hopes to stay in Mongolia forever. She’s toying with the idea of throwing herself back into study at a Mongolian university to bring her language skills up to full speed, and says she is always open to career changes and challenges.
Her pride and joy, however, is the work she does with a number of NGOs in Ulaanbaatar. Ms Seaborn says she is most impressed with The Veloo Foundation, a project designed to alleviate neglect and suffering of the city’s most marginalised children.
“I hope to live in Mongolia permanently. I can’t imagine leaving – it’s my dream to one day become a Mongolian citizen,” she says.
“We help the victims of domestic violence and provide food, clothing and better shelter in the ger district, a shantytown area surrounding Ulaanbaatar where more than half of the population lives. Tuberculosis and hepatitis are rife in these areas and life there can be dismal, especially in winter
“I truly feel I’ve packed 40 years into my four years in Ulaanbaatar, mostly because I’ve met Mongolians from all walks of life – politicians, single mums, monks, business people. I also feel, at times, I’m witnessing history in the making. Mongolia is an emerging democracy and there are many challenges – social, political, environmental – but I know one day this country is going to emerge really strong and really proud.”
By day, Ms Lynch is an artist manager. At night, she works on her own music and also attends her bands’ gigs.
HAYDEN GOES THE EXTRA MILE MELANIE Hayden is no stranger to taking the stage at Bond. As a student, the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Relations (Business) graduate was deeply committed to the University. Ms Hayden held a number of student leadership positions, including the highly contested role of President of the Bond University Student Association from 2013 to 2014. She’s being rewarded for a successful balancing act where she never dropped the ball on her studies, leadership or extracurricular activities, to now receive the 2016 Bond University Young Alumni Award. From a young age, Ms Hayden sought out roles that would best groom her for the corporate trajectory she is now tracking. During her Bond studies, she undertook an internship with non-profit Same Sky in New York and worked as a Law Clerk for both Allens in Sydney and Clayton Utz in Brisbane, before settling into a graduate position with Allens. “I’m working for Allens in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Capital Markets team, which is ideal, because working in this division gives you a more holistic view of the business world through dealing with public markets, schemes of arrangement and company takeovers,” says Ms Hayden. “I’ve always had more of a strategic, general business interest and I think that’s
why I was so suited to studying at Bond.” Ms Hayden believes Bond is an environment that never lets you get complacent, and if she could advise students today of anything, it would be to keep striving and take calculated risks. This is speaking from experience. Upon accepting her Excellence Scholarship at Bond in 2011, Ms Hayden joined the Student Ambassador program and ended up achieving the highest level possible in the program via mentoring other students and driving various activities on campus. “Whether it’s nature or nurture, Bond brings out the best in its graduates,” she says. “I loved Bond for the collegiate atmosphere and reaped the benefits of this through my time as BUSA President in introducing new initiatives to the campus in a time of change, while also giving back through mentoring and ambassador programs. “We leave Bond and put in 16 to 20 hour days, and in most worlds this would be grating, but I believe it’s something only Bond can equip you for. At Bond, you are everywhere – on the lawns at 6am, doing exams at 9am and taking students on student-led pub crawls at the end of 16hour days. “It shouldn’t come as a surprise that despite the young age of graduates that Bond often produces, they are always leaders in their respective fields.”
“I always loved marketing and advertising. As an artist manager, I liaise a lot with booking agents, publicists, accountants and lawyers – we are the contact point for the artist – then I work on strategy and artist development,” says Ms Lynch. “It’s definitely handy having these contacts for my own music now too. It also helps to manage bands that are bigger than I am, so then I think in that bigger picture too.” Ms Lynch made the Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence numerous times at Bond and came First in Class for six different Marketing and Business subjects in 2013. She says this experience has put her in good stead, giving her the skills to integrate commerce into a creative career. “Immediately after graduating I worked as a business analyst at a software development firm. I then moved on to be a marketing manager and business analyst, while also doing a music programmer job, before moving 100 per cent into music this year,” says Ms Lynch. “I enjoy everything about the industry – even the creative side that isn’t music like developing graphics and artwork. It’s a lot of fun because no band has the same personality or aesthetic, so I’m constantly tweaking language to speak to different audiences. “Each of the bands I manage have their own branding profiles as well and my music is essentially a small business too. I’m really happy with the balance I have at the moment and am just trying to climb higher.”
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Family & Friends Festival
in a crunch match for the Bond Rugby Club versus Norths. Bond muscled up, and despite the wind howling up to 30km per hour, Bondâ€™s Premier Colts came out on top in a 43-0 win. Live at Bond on Sunday afternoon was the perfect wind-down to an actionpacked weekend. Bond alumna Deena Lynch and local act Karl S. Williams performed, whose soulful tunes guaranteed the wider community started the week on a relaxed note.
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Thursday 18 to Sunday 22 May More photos from Homecoming 2016 can be seen on the Bond Alumni Facebook page: facebook.com/BondUniAlumni Bond Rugby Home Game
HOMECOMING began with a bang of inspiration, with the crowning of the 2016 Alumni Award Recipients at a Princeton Room dinner. Bond University VIP guests, senior staff, high-achieving alumni and distinguished community members attended the event, which saw three alumni earn top accolades. On Friday, Bond got down to business, with a meeting of the minds at the Alumni Leaders Forum. The annual meeting of the Alumni Advisory Board, Alumni Committee Presidents and Bond University Limited Alumni Members welcomed guests from all corners of the world, who each had something unique to add about strategic matters.
Family & Friends Festival Alumni Awards
Family & Friends Festival
Professional Development Workshops followed, covering all bases of entrepreneurship, health sciences, law, actuarial science and the worldâ€™s next megatrends. By the time Friday evening rolled around, guests were ready to let their hair down. The Bond Family and Friends Festival was the choice setting, with live music and activities for the kids. In true Bond form, the event lit up the city, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. Sport took centre stage on the Saturday,
Family & Friends Festival
Professional Development Workshop
Alumni Leaders Forum
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The world of law is undergoing a radical transformation, prompting new ways of teaching at Bond
‘CREATING tomorrow’s global legal professionals’: that’s the goal of Bond’s Faculty of Law.
BAR RAISING THE
Bond Law graduates not only know how to talk the talk, they also know how to walk the walk. This is why Bond Law ranks higher than most for graduate outcomes. The average starting salary is also significantly higher when compared to the general graduate population.
He says a Bond Law degree is distinctive in that the emphasis is on not only teaching legal knowledge and skills, but also developing law students’ professional identities and exposing them to the realities of contemporary legal practice.
Professor James has overseen the relaunch of the Faculty’s Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor and Masters of Laws programs; the establishment of the Bond Law Clinic; and the creation of the new Centre for Professional Legal Education.
“By studying law, students acquire a sophisticated understanding of our legal system and our political system, and develop best-practice communication and problem-solving skills.
Professor James came to Bond in 2013 and stepped into the role of Executive Dean in 2014. The past two years have seen Bond Law go through more changes than ever before. It has been a period of many ‘firsts’.
“No matter what they end up doing, our law students are equipped with an extremely useful – and extremely valuable – body of knowledge and set of skills.
“When I talk to managing partners and other employers, they always tell me the same thing. They love hiring Bond Law graduates because they know that Bond graduates understand not only the theory of law but also the practice of law.”
Professor Nick James, Executive Dean of Bond Law, has spearheaded Faculty developments over the past few years.
“We work very hard to provide our students with a smooth transition from law school to professional practice as a lawyer. And we also acknowledge that many of our law students choose to use their law degrees in any one of a wide range of other careers,” says Professor James.
Professor Nick James Executive Dean, Faculty of Law & Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Education
settle a dispute – any of the important skills associated with being a lawyer.
“Law as taught at Bond is very different to the way law is traditionally taught. When I went to law school in the 1980s, I learned a lot about the technical details of the law, but nothing about how to be a lawyer after graduation. I didn’t learn how to write a legal letter, stand up and talk in court, or
“Our goal is to raise the bar for legal education,” says Professor James. “Bond has pioneered skills-based and student-focused approaches to the teaching of law in Australia for more than two decades. The new Centre for Professional Legal Education allows us to draw on that strength, and develop new approaches to the design and delivery of world’s best practice legal education. “The Faculty has always been very strong in the practice of legal education, and now we are building our reputation in the scholarship of legal education.” The establishment of the Centre for Professional Legal Education is a major research commitment by the University. More than 25 academics and professional associates will work together to conduct research into professional legal education, and design and deliver innovative legal training courses.
The Centre will initiate research projects and collaborations, host an annual conference, supervise doctoral and postdoctoral students, and host and publish a number of journals. Legal training programs at the Centre will be offered in the form of Professional Legal Training, including the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and Advanced Legal Training, including online programs and short courses for legal and non-legal professionals alike. Professor James says that one of the Centre’s focal points is the study of what it means to be a legal professional in this day and age. “The legal services industry is undergoing a radical transformation,” says Professor James. “People are asking whether the traditional vehicle for the delivery of legal services will maintain its current dominance. Online access to legal services will get easier and easier, and legal service providers are no longer limited to operating from law firm offices. “The challenge for law schools is to offer a legal education experience that does more than prepare law students for traditional legal careers, it also prepares them to be lawyers in a whole new world, a world we cannot yet predict.” Professor James has also overseen the introduction of Australia’s first Masters of Legal Administration (MLA) program. He says the newly created MLA program is situated at the increasingly important intersection of business and law. The program was softly launched in October 2015 and is going through a number of iterations to perfect its delivery. “There was a lot of interest in the idea of a postgraduate law program for non-lawyers,
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Bethany Allen and Joan Cassimatis recently finished runners up in the second annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Students’ Moot Competition.
“Not only is this the first time Bond has entered a team in the ATSI Students’ Moot, but Joan has only one semester of law studies under her belt, so for Joan and Bethany to have performed so well is a remarkable accomplishment,” says Assistant Professor Parsons. Professor James says there are two main reasons for Bond’s extraordinary mooting success. Bond Law academics are extremely generous with their time and expertise, putting enormous time and effort into assisting, advising and coaching mooting teams.
He says Bond invests more resources into mooting than any other law school. The foundation of mooting at Bond is a full-scale replica of an actual courtroom, described by the Honourable Justice Kirby as the ‘finest moot court in any Australian institution’. Mooting and other skills exercises are central to Bond Law’s celebrated skills development program. “Most law students in the country learn the law in the classroom. We actually put them in a courtroom and teach them how to behave as lawyers,” says Professor James.
The challenge for law schools is to offer a legal education experience that does more than prepare law students for traditional legal careers, it also prepares them to be lawyers in a whole new world, a world we cannot yet predict.
and now we’re making sure the product meets the needs of the market. Stage one was to create the qualification. We are now creating the specialisations within that qualification,” says Professor James. “We are presently working on a school governance specialisation designed for school principals, and a corporate governance specialisation designed for company directors.” The Faculty is also designing new programs, subjects and courses that will make it easier for busy professionals to access the postgraduate educational opportunities available within the Faculty. “In today’s busy world, it is a big ask to get people to return to full time study for an extended period, or even to attend weekly classes. Postgraduate students need to be able to access high quality courses and materials online, and experience the benefits of faceto-face interaction with teachers and peers during intensive workshops and classes.” Despite the recent emphasis upon the development of online learning resources, the on-campus learning experience remains the heart of Bond’s approach to teaching law. Professor James believes there is a camaraderie and collegiality at Bond that
cannot be found elsewhere. It can be seen in the way that students engage with and relate to their teachers. He says it shines through in the cordial way Bond students even greet counterparts at international mooting competitions.
“It’s hard enough to prepare a legal research paper or oral presentation, but to stand there and be asked difficult questions by esteemed academics or retired judges and answer them quickly and correctly is one of the most challenging – and most formative – things students do at law school. There is no better way to transform law students into competent legal professionals.”
Louise Parsons, Assistant Professor at Bond Law, heads the Faculty’s mooting program. She came to Bond in 2006 after serving as Senior Legal Counsel for the South African Reserve Bank for 11 years. Bond has clocked up a number of accolades for mooting on a global stage. Assistant Professor Parsons refers to a list on the University website of student winners that has ballooned over the last couple of years. “The Faculty has a strong commitment to mooting and we have a lot of students saying they came here because of our mooting offering,” says Assistant Professor Parsons. “If we have 200 students starting, other universities have thousands, but we still offer more mooting competitions than most other universities.” Bond Law has 850 students enrolled and on average about 45 places on national and international mooting teams per year. Bond has been announced as the winning team in seven international competitions over the past five years, and students
5 1. Faculty Executive L-R: Mr Gary Brady Faculty Business Director Associate Professor Katharine Atkins Associate Dean (External Engagement & International) Professor Nick James Executive Dean, Faculty of Law Professor Brenda Marshall Deputy Dean of Law and Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) 2. Assistant Professor & Director of Mooting Louise Parsons 3. Assistant Professor Matthew Raj with Assistant Professor Richard Baumfield 4. Members of the Faculty of Law and graduating Canadian law students at the Lord Denning dinner 5. Professor Nick James with visiting scholar Professor Robin West of Georgetown University
Assistant Professor Parsons recalls messages from past students about mooting being ‘hands down’ where they learned the most at Bond and experienced an ‘unmatched’ spirit and camaraderie. “Mooting develops your ability for rigorous analysis when talking, encourages you to use more specific language, safeguards against intimidation by questions, and helps you understand the value of preparation because it doesn’t really come naturally,” says Assistant Professor Parsons. She calls this the iceberg effect, and she says an education in mooting makes a world of difference in any career, not just law. “What you present in a moot is just the tip of the iceberg. If it’s just floating, it’s not anchored knowledge, so when people start digging you don’t demonstrate a technical understanding. That general ability to just think fast and understand how to communicate difficult concepts can be transferred into a wide range of disciplines.”
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Alumnus Mr Brian Jean
Drive BORN AT BOND
BRIAN Jean is being tipped to become the next Premier of Alberta, but it was only 18 months ago he thought he was done with politics after a decade representing Fort McMurray-Athabasca in the Canadian Parliament. Mr Jean, who was among the first cohort of 892 students to graduate with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Bond University in 1990 and followed that up with a law degree in 1993, was ready to return to private life, tie the knot and honeymoon in Surfers Paradise in his Soul apartment when illness struck his youngest son, Michael. The subsequent struggle to diagnose Michael’s illness proved a motivating factor for Mr Jean to return to politics and lead the conservative Wildrose Party, which was beset by turmoil and had asked him to return to politics and lead it to the state election in 2015. Michael died of lymphoma during the campaign at age 24, forcing Jean to take a break, but he was determined to carry on and do his best to ensure Alberta’s healthcare system could better service those in Michael’s situation. “I wanted to bring attention to public healthcare; peoples’ lives are at risk and for there not to be the proper equipment available in hospitals, that is unbelievable,” says Mr Jean. What happened next was that Mr Jean took Wildrose to the election as leader and won 21 seats, compared to the five the party held at the dissolution of the legislature, and the party became the official opposition of Alberta. He credits what he learnt at Bond not only as vital to his political career, but to his life in general. “Politics is just like law, and every other
“With very few resources I helped stop a juggernaut that had spent 44 years in political power. “They lost, we won. It was a big deal and I had a good team working with me. I treated it as a proper business case, assembled a good team and paid for most of the campaigning myself at the start. “What my business training did for me was superb.” Mr Jean was a busy man following his graduation from Bond. He returned to Canada and practised law for a decade in Alberta. But during the night he built thriving businesses, including a sign company, sandwich shop, Xerox franchise, an instant coffee centre and an 8,000 square foot car wash. “I have never looked back. I have had success in business, law and politics and I attribute a lot of that to Bond University. “Bond changed my life for the better. If you can find a bigger supporter for Bond than Brian Jean, I would be impressed.” Mr Jean has still never seen his Soul apartment, but that will change after he gets married in August. He and his new wife will head to Australia on a honeymoon the following month. “It is called Surfers Paradise for a reason,” Mr Jean says. “In fact, if you renamed the entire place Paradise you wouldn’t be wrong. I love the place. It is a fantastic place and I love the people. “I hope I never lose connection with Bond and the people of the Gold Coast.”
“I have had success in business, law and politics and I attribute a lot of that to Bond University... If you can find a bigger supporter for Bond than Brian Jean, I would be impressed.”
in top roles
Bond alumna Courtney Petersen has gone full circle in her career to now head up Shine Lawyers. FROM the age of seven, Ms Petersen ‘never wanted to be anything else except for a lawyer’. However, the Bond Law alumna has experienced quite the nonlinear legal career, which included being part of the privatisation of Telstra and marketing Australia’s most successful credit card per capita.
business I have opened,” says Mr Jean. “The MBA has helped me a lot and so did the Law degree. It tightened me up in a way that was very successful.
Much of her career has been defined by leaps of faith. She took a chance on ‘mud and heavy construction’ to join Bond’s inaugural cohort in 892, and traded a promising career in law for marketing, which she ‘knew nothing about’, after only three and a half years at Minter Ellison and Telstra in the mid-1990s. “I have four daughters and my advice is always be unafraid of change,” says Ms Petersen. “You aren’t always going to succeed, and the first step is saying, okay, I don’t need to succeed at everything. Just have a measured go. “Everyone who went to Bond in the early days knew this. We were all curious. No one had ever graduated, there were no successes to emulate. The coursework wasn’t understood by the public, we were walking through mud to get to classes. “It was a risk and an exciting place to be. You just have to decide that you do want to be part of something and shape that future and that destiny.” Ms Petersen says foundation year students knew they had to stand out in quality, with their own careers and Bond’s future depending on it. She believes she was part of ‘the most over-assessed group that went through Bond’ who guided gruelling coursework through many iterations. She says she draws on her Bond experience when backing herself in. “I went from Minter Ellison into Telstra, which was still trading as Telecom domestically. Public service was a big change for me, but they sold me on the role by explaining the company was just about to float and going through a really exciting
transformation,” says Ms Petersen. “A great opportunity came along to work on Telstra Visa cards. I did the legal work for them and guided it through the regulatory approvals. It was a huge juggling act, having to quickly learn how to manage all of the stakeholders including more than 200 bonus partners, and I think that’s why I appealed to them in a marketing capacity.” Ms Petersen says ‘no question’ going into marketing, for Telstra, was the toughest decision she had to make. “We all face it – that crisis of confidence in everything we do. I think it plagues women in particular,” she says. “It was that moment of clarity where I thought, what’s the worst thing that can happen – the worst case scenario would be going back to law and that’s a great fall-back.” From there, Ms Petersen worked as a General Manager in Strategy and Marketing at Tabcorp and Queensland Rail, before rising to the position of Chief Strategy & Corporate Services and then moving to Aurizon. “My biggest career highlight is all those times I worked with teams of people who were tasked with something that at first glance seemed too hard or too complex, and somehow the team galvanises and gives it a go,” she says. Ms Petersen was appointed CEO of Shine Lawyers in March 2015 and Managing Director in August 2016. She says the company is currently midway through a transformation project ‘and will become a consistently high-performing, world-class law firm’. “We are really backing our leadership team and encouraging our legal team to use their nous so we always have the best client care. We also want to be recognised as the employer of choice investing in learning,” she says. “We’re a business built on camaraderie, taking on tough cases, and standing up for the little guy. We have a growth agenda and are passionate to see our footprint increase.”
Alumna Ms Courtney Petersen
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Alumnus Dr Chen Xuebin
Brockhoff does justice to
Emeritus Professor Mary Hiscock, Dr Chen Xuebin, Emeritus Professor David Allen
THE CHANGING FACE OF CHINA IT WAS a decision to leave his ‘small’ hometown of Nantong City in the Jiangsu province in China that set Dr Chen Xuebin’s life on a new course. Having practiced law for 15 years in the city of around one million people, Dr Chen decided to move to the Gold Coast and study law at Bond University. He graduated in 2003 with a Doctor of Legal Science, specialising in international trade and investment law, and then moved his young family to Shanghai (population 14.35 million) in 2003 and join Grandall Law Firm (Shanghai) in 2009, where he took up a role as a Senior Partner. He is recognised as one of China’s top 100 excellent lawyers and was awarded top 10 from the Jiangsu province in 1994. Dr Chen talked to The Arch about his current role, the decision to move his family to Shanghai, his best memories of Bond and his view on changing China-Australia relations.
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WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CAREER? Since 2009, I have been working at the Grandall Law Firm in Shanghai and I am now a Senior Partner. There are 57 partners and over 300 people working in our firm. I practise law in international trade and investments. Every year, when many new graduates come to our office, I am part of the team that gives them some lectures on how to practise in law, and how to work professionally in our law firm as a general lawyer gaining experience. Founded in 1998, Grandall is a multi-award winning firm and one of the largest transregional partnership law firms in China. It has 25 offices, with most being in mainland Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. There are four international offices: Hong Kong, Paris, Madrid and Silicon Valley.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR 18-YEAR-OLD SELF? In 1999, I studied law at Bond University and, by then, I was already 42. If I were now an 18-year-old, I would advise myself to study law earlier in a common law country and practise law longer there. It would be helpful for me to better understand common law and legal concepts and how they are used in practise.
WHAT’S THE HARDEST DECISION YOU’VE HAD TO MAKE SINCE STARTING UNIVERSITY THROUGH TO YOUR LIFE NOW? Whether or not I would stay in Nantong City, the small town where I was a Managing Partner of a small law office, and where I had lived for more than 20 years. In 1998, I made the decision to leave the town and go abroad, and to see more of the world. At the time, I was happy in Nantong with my family. My wife was a teacher working in a middle school, and my
daughter studied in the school. Before then, I could not imagine one day that I would continue my study in Australia. An ambition to study abroad was almost impossible for me at that time.
WHAT WAS YOUR STANDOUT STUDENT EXPERIENCE AT BOND? Discussions on several legal issues in international trade law and investment law taught by Emeritus Professor Mary Hiscock and Emeritus Professor David Allan. These taught me more about the World Trade Organisation, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the bilateral investment trees, and trade related investment measures (TRIMs). My doctoral thesis was mainly discussing TRIMs measures in China and how it related to the China position. The classes taught by Professor Bee Chen Goh were also a standout student experience, for instance, her lectures on cross-culture communications.
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IS ONE OF YOUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE. HOW HAVE CHINESE-AUSTRALIAN RELATIONS CHANGED SINCE YOU BEGAN YOUR STUDIES? The time I studied at Bond was critical for China as it gained membership to international bodies and had to change its legal regime to meet its new obligations. Before 2000, we might have found many foreign businessmen, including those from Australian companies, dealing in international trade with Chinese companies by setting up offices in China and investing in China. And now, something has changed. More and more Chinese businessmen and companies go to Australia to do business. Our law firm has recently discussed whether we should set up a law office in Sydney or other cities in Australia. If we make that decision, we will implement it. I hope I might have the chance to work in the new office in Australia.
Alumnus Mr Ed Brockhoff with The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
Bond Law alumnus Edward Brockhoff’s cross-continental career has been guided by the highest of values. FROM remote Australia to the Big Apple, Edward Brockhoff has seen it all in his quest for delivering justice. The Bond Law and International Relations alumnus, who graduated in 2006, says diplomacy and international relations was always going to be his path in life. Time spent as an Associate to then Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG and two years working for Save the Children in Kununurra, Western Australia, sealed the deal for Mr Brockhoff. “It’s rare to have someone of Justice Kirby’s stature, temperament and experience as a mentor, and especially to be able to see him every day, travel, and debate with him,” says Mr Brockhoff. “It was one of the most difficult years of my life, in terms of the workload, but an absolutely phenomenal experience.” In a Bond University graduation speech, Justice Kirby singled out Mr Brockhoff as always going the extra mile and exhibiting ‘a strong element of idealism while keeping his feet firmly planted on the ground’ – the ideal personality for a career in transitional justice. “Transitional justice is a fascinating area which isn’t very well understood,” says Mr Brockhoff. “We look at ways to rebuild society after widespread conflict and mass human rights violations in a way that directly addresses what occurred, rather than trying to simply ‘forget’ the past, and pursue a sustainable peace through encouraging an appropriate form of reconciliation. “My interest in this partly comes from taking an active interest in the East
Timorese independence referendum in 1999, and reactions to the chaos and animosity that followed. Likewise, through my experiences as an intern with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda that was established in the aftermath of the horrific genocide, and seeing the different ways that people were trying to piece back together their lives and communities.
“I’d spent time overseas and felt a real need to come back to Australia and learn more about the issues affecting this very important and valuable section of our community,” says Mr Brockhoff.
“Transitional justice is about acknowledging what happened, holding violators accountable, and trying to ensure that, through strengthening important institutions and the rule of law, such episodes of violence can never reoccur.”
There were a lot of wonderful positives, but they were tackling so many issues. A lack of meaningful reconciliation was having a real impact on the children.”
Mr Brockhoff, who received a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship to study at Bond, says despite never intending to become a lawyer, the frameworks he learnt while studying law have proven invaluable to his career. Equally beneficial has been his time spent as a member of the Alumni Advisory Board and New York Alumni Chapter Committee. He used this analytical framework to navigate the world of Kununurra, where he worked for Save the Children for two years as Youth Development Officer and then Youth Development Coordinator from 2010. In these roles Mr Brockhoff coordinated projects for at-risk youth, recruited and managed a team of youth workers, and helped strengthen relationships between service providers in the community, including government and non-government agencies, and indigenous organisations. The Kununurra Youth Development Program was well-received by the local community, indigenous partners, and federal and state government agencies.
“It was a reality check to see how much we have progressed the last 100 years and how much we haven’t.
Mr Brockhoff says the hardest career decision he’s faced was leaving Kununurra for New York. But when the opportunity came to study a Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University, through the inaugural Bond Alumni Scholarship, it was too great to pass up. “It was quite the contrast, going from a town with 6,000 people where the nearest traffic light and McDonald’s was 500km ‘down that way’,” says Mr Brockhoff. “One of my professors at Columbia was the former US Ambassador to the exSoviet Republics, another was an Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations and close advisor to Kofi Annan. Upon graduation, Mr Brockhoff joined the New York headquarters of the International Centre for Transitional Justice. “Through this new role, I intend to scale up what I have learned at a local level to try to affect policy change at the broader level – while always maintaining at its core the specific needs and interests of individual victims of marginalisation and oppression.”
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Malaysia MAKING A MARK IN
THE childhood dream was to be a pilot, but Chris Tan instead flew down the legal route completing a Bachelor of Laws at Bond University and later establishing his own firm. Tan was just 27 years old when he founded Chur Associates, a Malaysiabased business that provides a broad range of services in real estate, outsourcing and disputes management.
The entrepreneur says he has a vision for changing the stereotypes attached to lawyers and he aims to do this through his business. “I wanted to be a pilot until I met my father’s lawyers who convinced me that I’m
worse than a bus driver if I’m a pilot,” says Tan.
“Since then it was clear that my ambition was to become a lawyer. I enjoy public speaking, so I figured if I can use my oratory skills as a lawyer that would be a perfect match.”
Tan was offered a scholarship to study at Bond and graduated in 1999, although he concedes it was one of his first challenges. Tan has gone on to win numerous awards including the prestigious Top 40 Under 40 award which recognises outstanding young Malaysians. He also snared a medal of honour from the International Real Estate Federation for outstanding services and was one of the youngest ever recipients of this award.
Alumna Ms Tracy London
He says his success is largely driven by the uniqueness of his business model. Alumnus Mr Chris Tan
While many professionals believe professional service is all about the subject matter and trying to be objectively driven as much as possible, Tan says Chur Associates has a different philosophy and is happy to get personal. “We believe that if we cannot address the person, we cannot address the issue,” says Tan. “So everything else that we do stems from this belief.” The firm also believes in talent cultivation and talent retention which has resulted in a successful program for internships which managed to attract close to 60 interns from all over the world since 2005. Tan is also a legal advisor and company secretary for Malaysia Property Incorporates and an honorary legal advisor for the Institute of Estate Agents Singapore. He is also the author of a number of publications including Turning Green: The Journey of the Green Sugar Merchant, and Shake and Spear Your Business - The Romeo and Juliet Way.
“I enjoy public speaking, so I figured if I can use my oratory skills as a lawyer that would be a perfect match.” 26
ON THE southern shores of Kenya’s remote Lake Turkana, one of Africa’s largest wind farms is being built and Bond alumna Ms Tracy London was central to getting the deal done. Ms London is partner at Bracewell in London, and is considered one of the UK’s top energy deal makers. However, it still took eight years to get the deal done on Lake Turkana, which is in one of the most remote areas of Kenya. There were court challenges, finance challenges and the withdrawal of the World Bank from the project in 2012. Further, the potential site of the wind farm is hundreds of kilometres from existing electricity infrastructure. “We’ve finally broken ground and the project is very much on-track,” says Ms London. “Part of the problem in Africa is that even though you can build power generation such as wind and solar, there is a lot of difficulty related to grid connection – there is no way to get that power to the people that need it.” The project, which is expected to be fully commissioned by July 2017, will comprise of 365 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 850kW, and will cover 40,000 acres
and aims to provide 310MW of power to Kenya’s national grid – 18 per cent of the nation’s capacity. This was another feather in the cap for London, a non-contentious energy infrastructure lawyer, who was just 33 when she was made a partner at a top-tier law firm. London graduated from Bond in 1993 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in business law and finance. She achieved first class honours, won the University Medal for Business and was the top female student in law. After beginning her career at Brisbanebased Gadens, she relocated to the UK and was recruited by top tier firm Herbert Smith, where she was later made a partner. She took a role at Clifford Chance as a Partner in 2008, before moving into her current role as a Partner at Bracewell in 2013. Ms London talks highly of the of the practical focus of Bond’s law school, which proved its value from the moment she started as an articled clerk at Gadens. “At the time, I took that practical focus for granted, and thought that it was a normal thing and that all universities approached it that way, but they don’t. I have a lot of great
memories and all the faculty had very much the open door policy and very small classes.” Ms London has worked on a number of significant energy projects, including the US$25 billion Shtokman offshore oil and gas development, and the UK’s planned new fleet of nuclear power plants, but it is renewable power in Africa that is her personal interest and she has dedicated her own time, pro bono, to help bring power to African communities that had never had it before. “It is a nice thing to give back,” she says. “And it is nice to know, at the end of the day, that you are helping build something that can generate with zero emissions; that is probably the most anyone could hope for.” Looking back at her home country, which is currently struggling to integrate renewables into its energy mix, she hopes those challenges can be overcome. “I have never understood why Australia has not embraced renewable systems given the amount of solar Australia could generate. With the technology these days you do not have to have big solar arrays taking up lots of space; they are very efficient and could be placed in areas such as roofs of factories.”
2016 | SEMESTER 2
Dr Dan Svantesson
NEW BOND CENTRE FOR LEGAL EAGLES BOND University has established a new Centre for Professional Legal Education, the largest of its kind in Australia.
BREAKING FREE OF
JURISDICTIONS AS the internet continues to evolve, so does society. The way we discover new information, make purchases, work at the office and even how we connect with each other has completely changed in the past decade, all due to developments online. It’s little wonder that academics are now dedicating their careers to understanding these changes in the context of their own research. In this respect, Bond University Law Professor Dr Dan Svantesson leads the charge. Dr Svantesson is the first Bond academic to be awarded the prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship position, and has spent the last four years under the fellowship developing crucial research on how various legal parameters can be applied to the internet. The crux of his research is based on several complex issues across different jurisdictional frameworks in different countries. Most notably, Dr Svantesson has worked to redefine the long-standing and arguably outdated concept of territoriality in jurisdiction. “Up until now, all of our thinking on jurisdiction has been based on the territoriality principle – if something happens on your territory, then that is the focal point for jurisdictional determinations,” says Dr Svantesson. “That doesn’t work very well online, because it’s not always easy to know where things happen, and we can have different definitions of when things occur in a certain place, and so on.”
In addition to publishing his own proposed alternative in the American Journal of International Law, Dr Svantesson has achieved several other significant milestones during his time as an ARC Future Fellow. In 2016 alone Dr Svantesson has delivered a number of conference presentations relating to law in the digital age, as well as public lectures at Sweden’s Stockholm University and John Marshall Law School in the USA. Dr Svantesson has also applied for a further Discovery Grant from the ARC which, if successful, will see him dive deeper into the field of cyber security. “If the grant is successful the focus will be on cyber security and cyber warfare, areas which also have strong jurisdictional aspects,” says Dr Svantesson. “We will construct a framework from a jurisdictional perspective of how defence staff should act in relation to cyber attacks.” With his work under the ARC Future Fellowship coming to a close at the end of 2016, Dr Svantesson says the experience has been second to none. “The ARC Future Fellowship has really given me the chance to focus on this area in a way that I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to do,” says Dr Svantesson. “It is such a good scheme that deserves positive recognition, one that I would encourage others in the Bond community to apply if they really want to engage in some deeper research.” Since commencing his PhD, Dr Svantesson has given more than 80 conference papers, seminars and guest lectures in over 20 countries around the world.
The new Centre conducts research and scholarship into skills-based legal education, and embeds the outcomes into best-practice legal education and training programs. The Centre for Professional Legal Education will become the third university research centre based at Bond, complementing two health and medical focused facilities - the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice and the Centre for Human Health and Performance. The new Centre is the initiative of Bond University Executive Dean of Law, Professor Nick James. “Bond has already established a reputation of providing the best legal education in Australia and we want to build on that by becoming the home of legal education research and scholarship,” he said. “The establishment of this Centre will ensure we stay at the forefront of professional legal education in Australia, by focusing on ways to ensure the teaching of law is professionally-focused, skills-based, authentic, global and consistent with the principles of student learning.” “At the same time, we need to ensure that law schools continue to focus on other important aspects of their role in society, including equitable access to legal services, law reform and social justice.” The Centre will produce academic publications, spearhead research collaborations, host an annual conference, supervise Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) students, and host and publish legal education journals. Legal training programs will be offered under two broad categories: Professional Legal Training (PLT), including the existing Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and Advanced Legal Training (ALT), which will deliver advanced programs for legal and non-legal professionals.
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2016 | SEMESTER 2
L-R: Mr Craig Bond, Mr John Bond and Mrs Jody Fewster
L-R: Mrs Aki Takahashi, Mr Ichiro Takahashi and Mrs Makiko Komai
REMEMBERING BOND commemorated one for the ages with the unveiling of Founders’ Corner.
truly cherished and reflected upon for years to come.”
Sculptures of the two University founders – Alan Bond and Harunori Takahashi – have been erected to recognise and celebrate their contribution to the establishment of the University
Regarded as Alan Bond’s greatest public achievement, the University was funded via a joint venture between Bond Corporation in Australia and Electronics and Industrial Enterprises (EIE) in Japan.
While the founders have passed away, their families travelled from Perth and Tokyo to be present on campus for the May ceremony, during Homecoming.
Both Mr Takahashi and Mr Bond were self-made entrepreneurs. EIE started as a small electronics company in Tokyo that expanded to become a dominant force in tourism and property development. Mr Bond’s son, John, says his father was a ‘larger-than-life character who started with nothing and did so much’.
It was the first time Mr Takahashi’s widow, Mrs Aki Takahashi, had set foot on campus for 25 years. The occasion also marked the first time Mr Bond’s children – John Bond, Craig Bond and Jody Fewster – had returned to campus since the passing of their father last year. Professor Brailsford says the life-size bronze statues will stand for centuries.
“This will become a revered site for future generations. If life is measured in moments, I trust for the founders’ families present today, this is one of those moments that is truly cherished and reflected upon for years to come.” - PROFESSOR TIM BRAILSFORD
B O N D ’ S PA S T
“Nothing was ever unreachable or impossible – and nothing gave Dad as much pleasure as when he was approached in the street by a stranger who would
He expects they will become the campus centrepiece and, one day, a Gold Coast attraction.
“As founders, they were able to look beyond their personal interests. They believed interaction between international students in entrepreneurial, relevant and high-intensity courses would lead to greater cooperation and understanding between different cultures.” During the 1990s EIE acquired Bond Corporation’s share of the project and the development land. The campus then passed into the control of a receiver-manager, acting for the principal creditor of EIE, the Long Term Credit Bank (LTCB) of Japan. In 1999, the University acquired the land and buildings from the receivers and
Sculptor Mr David Mackay Harrison
managers and ever since has continued to build on the original vision of its founders. The statues were created by Ballina bronze sculptor Mr David Mackay Harrison based on photographs of the two founders taken at the time of Bond’s founding in 1987. “David sought to capture the personalities, with Alan’s welcoming open-armed stance representing greater urgency and a call to action, while Harunori seems more reflective in a contemplative pose, thinking longer term and eyes looking to the horizon,” says Professor Brailsford.
“Founders’ Corner will become a new focal point of Bond; a meeting place for newcomers to the University and no doubt a popular photo opportunity on graduation days,” says Professor Brailsford. “Without the commitment and support of both of these men to the establishment of this University back in the 1980s, it simply would not exist. “This will become a revered site for future generations. If life is measured in moments, I trust for the founders’ families present today, this is one of those moments that is
typically say, ‘you don’t know me but I went to Bond University and you changed my life’,” says Mr Bond.
Bond University Founders’ Families & Friends
Founders’ Corner also features a commemorative plaque weighing almost 100kg which features quotes from Mr Bond and Mr Takahashi on the opening of the University. Mr Takahashi’s remarks note the establishment of the University marked a ‘historic new milestone in JapaneseAustralian friendship and co-operation’.
2016 | SEMESTER 2
BOND AGENTS UP TO THE
CHALLENGE Bondies have once again proven themselves on the world stage, tackling the competition in Hong Kong. A TEAM of Bond University Built Environment students has grand designs to go global after becoming the first team to represent the University at the third annual Global Student Challenge. The Bond Agents were one of two teams from Australia to participate in the Challenge, hosted by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in Hong Kong between July 8 and 14. The Bond Agents climbed the ranks at the eleventh hour to finish second. After triumphing during the first six stages of the competition earlier this year, Yichen (Baron) Li, Peter Tegg, Timothy Duffield and James Son were selected as finalists. Now in its third year, the challenge is open to students from across the world completing an undergraduate Built Environment degree for the chance to win mentoring from leaders in the industry. Each team manages its own virtual construction company in a simulated environment using MERIT software, putting their strategic, marketing and financial skills to the test. Mr Duffield says the experience taught the
team leadership skills as well as how to work collaboratively. “This competition is challenging, both personally and professionally,” Mr Duffield says. “Not only do I get to use my problemsolving skills and further develop my analytical abilities, but competing and achieving at this level creates global networking and career opportunities.” The Bond Agents competed against teams from Glasgow Caledonian University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chongqing University, University of Cape Town and Deakin University for the final. Cali Construction from Glasgow Caledonian University was crowned the overall winner. Last year’s winning team, Satire, also came from the Glasgow Caledonian University. Bond University Faculty of Society and Design Professor Alan Patching says the team did a commendable job at representing both Bond and Australia. He says the challenge presents an invaluable networking opportunity and insight into the industry.
“About 50 universities worldwide, including 12 from Australia, participated in the early rounds of the challenge and our team came fifth in the world and number one in Australia,” Professor Patching says.
L-R: Mr Yichen Li, Mr Peter Tagg, Mr Jusoek Son and Mr Timothy Duffield
“Not only do I get to use my problem-solving skills and further develop my analytical abilities, but competing and achieving at this level creates global networking and career opportunities.”
“Having reached the final, our students are going to get to meet some of the world’s biggest movers and shakers in the industry.
“Learning ‘in the now’ motivates me so much more than just learning by the book. It ensures I have the practical skills and ability to jump into the industry and it opens the door to job opportunities, not only locally but throughout the world.”
“This competition projects them so close to a real life working situation that there’s hardly any difference. It’s like being in a boardroom; making decisions, testing your strategies, marketing and financial skills.”
Professor Patching agrees and says initiatives such as the Global Student Challenge provide students with experience that enhances employability.
The Global Student Challenge Final takes place at the CIOB’s annual forum for members, which brings together leading international construction professionals. This year’s event was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong.
“As a lecturer at Bond, I have an obligation to my students to be as up-todate as possible and to make ‘learning in the now’ something students will never forget,” he says.
Bond Agent team member Mr Son says the skills he learned during the challenge will be applicable after he graduates. “As excited as I was about reaching the final rounds of the competition, I’m actually quite excited to meet the senior members from the CIOB and listen to their advice and words of wisdom,” Mr Son says.
L-R: Mr Timothy Duffield, Mr Yichen Li, Mr Jusoek Son and Mr Peter Tagg
“It’s a cultural value of the entire University to equip students to be the best they can be in the workplace, to be nothing short of spectacular – and that’s exactly what their participation in competition like the Global Student Challenge delivers on a global stage.”
2016 | SEMESTER 2
BOND’S FUTURE LEADERS GAIN REAL-WORLD
PERSPECTIVE A GROUP of Bond University students has taken an important step towards realising individual career ambitions with personal help from some of Queensland’s top executives.
providing students with experiences and opportunities designed to accelerate their career ambitions and make them an asset to the workforce from day one,” Professor Brailsford says.
The 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to forge invaluable connections with seasoned professionals as part of the ViceChancellor’s Mentor Program.
“We match potential leaders of tomorrow with the leaders of today, giving our scholars a unique insight into their chosen field and access to invaluable career contacts.
The initiative matches a student with an industry leader relating to their studies, facilitating one-on-one guidance and career advice for the duration of their degree. The Vice-Chancellor’s Mentor Program has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2014, as part of Bond University’s 25th anniversary. A diverse range of industry leaders has come on board this year, including Burleigh Brewing Company Chief Executive Peta Fielding and Blue Sky Alternative Investments Managing Director Mark Sowerby. Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford says the program’s success can be attributed to the commitment of both the mentors and the students. “The Vice-Chancellor’s Mentor Program is part of our commitment to
“Our mentors take their commitment very seriously and in previous years we have seen them welcome their mentees into not only their corporate sphere, but their family as well. “For these executives to take the time out of their busy schedules to offer this experience to our students is truly admirable and speaks volumes about their character and generosity.” International relations and law students Annika Cameron and Patrick Cross will benefit from the expertise of Clayton Utz company director Dr Sally Pitkin and firm partner Jamie Doran respectively. Inaugural 892 student and Cronin Litigation Lawyers partner Derek Cronin has been paired with commerce and law student Adam Rose. Fellow dual law degree students Taylor Birtchnell and Jordan Eastway will also gain an insight into the industry, under
the guidance of McCullough Robertson Chairman of Partners alumnus Dominic McGann and Nyst Legal Managing Director Chris Nyst.
Gold Coast Airport Limited Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton says participating in the program extends the strong ties she has built with the University. Ms Charlton will share her extensive business and tourism background with firstyear law and psychological science student Lacey Rowett. “I am passionate about the advancement and promotion of young women in business, which is why I wanted to be involved with the mentoring program at Bond University,” Ms Charlton says.
FROM LEFT to RIGHT:
“I have a close relationship with Bond through my past involvement as a member of its Tourism Advisory Board and am impressed by the care and opportunities it affords its students.
1. Ms Isabelle Silberling, Professor Nick James, Mr Craig Davidson 2. Mr Nick Scott, Ms Irene Scott, Professor Tim Brailsford 3. Mr Samuel Leonard, Ms Dakota-Lily Morris, Ms Amy Hiscox, Ms Stephanie Centorame, Ms Vanessa Gillam
“I am looking forward to learning more about myself and my new friend as we embark on this journey together.” DBI Design Chairman Barry Lee, iEDM Executive Chairman John Howe and Minter Ellison Special Counsel Robert Reed round out this year’s mentors donating their time.
4. Ms Jordan Eastway, Ms Sharon Solyma 5. Ms Catherine O’Sullivan, Ms Emma Sam, Mr Mark Sowerby
2016 | SEMESTER 2
A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE WITH the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games fast approaching, and Rio Olympics 2016 just wrapping up, now is a more topical time than ever to explore diplomacy in sport. Dr Caitlin Byrne, an Assistant Professor in Bond’s Faculty of Society and Design, is interested in the wider aspect of diplomacy and how governments use sport, law and science to engage audiences.
GIVING VOICE TO A LASTING
“The Career Development Centre arranged for me to do a three-month internship with Access Community Services in Brisbane where I was helping former refugees from Afghanistan, Somalia, Uganda and other countries in underprivileged circumstances to settle in Australia. “I assisted them with a variety of things from applying for Australian citizenship to rent applications. It was the first time I’d worked closely with refugees so it was an amazing opportunity to hear their stories and learn more about the challenges they have had to deal with. “The experience was very relevant to my degree in International Relations and affirmed my career ambition to help people from underprivileged countries, hopefully via a role with the United Nations one day.”
She and colleague Dr Stuart Murray, an Associate Professor, have just received seed funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for their work.
Assistant Professor Grenby credits his late wife, Cronulla-born Mandy, who he met when they were both living in Vancouver, for his move to Bond.
“Sport has long been recognised as an important, universal instrument that brings nations and people together. It’s an important part of our diplomatic landscape,” says Dr Byrne.
After reading an article about the University in a Good Weekend magazine, she planted the seed that her husband could ‘perhaps work at Bond’. “I was offered a one-year contract as a visiting journalist to teach entry level Journalism,” says Assistant Professor Grenby. “That was in 1998. In 1999, I heard about a new Bond public speaking subject that Professor Jeff Brand had developed – and the rest is history.” But there’s a lot to that history, for which Assistant Professor Grenby has been awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for outstanding contribution to student learning, among other accolades. He regularly presents workshops on the subject internationally at institutions ranging from the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics to the Hwange Main Camp School in Zimbabwe.
Regardless of where he travels though, the London-born, Vancouver-raised academic is proud to call Australia home. “I’ll be forever grateful to Mandy for this legacy of having provided the connection with Bond,” he says. “It’s as if she introduced me to Bond to become my extended Australian family – a family which has continued to nurture me since her passing, especially with our son Matt and his family being so far away in San Francisco. “Establishing The Grenby Family Beyond Bond Medal reflects my family’s Australian connection through Mandy. “After she passed away in 2001, Matt and Irene spent eight months with me at our little farm near Mullumbimby. Their children Parker and Thatcher have also spent time in Australia and down the track it would indeed be something special if at the very least my grandchildren were able to take a Study Abroad semester at Bond.”
Assistant Professor Mike Grenby with students, ‘bashing the bar stool’
“Sydney Olympics 2000, for example, was one of the first times North and South Korea walked together as a team, which was an incredible and amazing statement.” Dr Byrne says Australia, through DFAT, is the first nation to actually articulate a commitment to sport as part of its diplomatic agenda. She’s now turning a keen eye to the upcoming Commonwealth Games, putting together a proposal that evaluates the diplomatic value the event could add to the Gold Coast. Bond has also attached a PhD scholarship to the project, with Dr Byrne and Dr Murray intending to bring in a student before the end of the year. “It’s very early days, but the aim is looking at four key interdisciplinary pillars: how sport connects people and institutions, how sport advances development outcomes, how sport showcases Australia and the Gold Coast as a destination for trade, tourism and investment, and, how we can take a leading role in integrity and innovation in sport,” says Dr Byrne. “We want to look at the before, during and after effects around the Gold Coast. We think there’s an enormous case for scholarship to continue thereafter, with this still being an underexplored area compared to the amount of research being undertaken in the hotel and tourism space, and elite athlete performance.”
Assistant Professor Mike Grenby
BOND University’s unique Beyond Bond program has received a major vote of support with the establishment of the Grenby Family Beyond Bond Medal.
experience like no other. As the first recipient of the Grenby Family Beyond Bond Medal Jessamine Yilmaz has certainly set the bar high for those who will follow.”
Known for the toga public speaking subject he introduced at Bond, Assistant Professor Mike Grenby feels the Beyond Bond core subject prepares students for life beyond Bond – encouraging students to indeed go ‘beyond Bond’ while they are still studying here.
Ms Yilmaz received a cash prize, certificate and medal at her Bachelor of International Relations graduation ceremony on June 18.
“I believe in both giving back and also in Bond’s culture of paying it forward – something which I encourage all Bond students and alumni to do,” says Assistant Professor Grenby. “So I felt Beyond Bond was an ideal program to support because it gives so much. It bridges the gap between academia and both students’ working and also their personal lives after they complete their undergraduate studies at Bond. “Beyond Bond is a wonderful way to extend the Bond experience – a student
Students must acquire 100 points to complete the Beyond Bond program. Ms Yilmaz exceeded the target, notching up a 120 points by undertaking a work-based internship, an intercultural skills workshop, volunteering, community engagement and career planning projects. “One of the really valuable aspects of the Beyond Bond program is the career development process,” says Ms Yilmaz. “This is when I undertook Assistant Professor Mike Grenby’s The Unfair Advantage public speaking workshop which involved delivering a speech out on campus dressed in a toga.
“I believe in both giving back and also in Bond’s culture of paying it forward – something which I encourage all Bond students and alumni to do”
BOND’S NEWEST JEWEL
ON THE RISE
SEVERAL Bond Rugby Club players received representative honours this season. This includes representation in the Australian Under 20s, Queensland sides, State Championship sides and culminated recently in Bond providing a solid contingent to the National Rugby Championship. “Bond provides an important step in the rugby pathway for players after they leave school to prepare them for professional rugby,” says Bond University Rugby Club director and head coach Sean Hedger.
THERE’S a new jewel in the Bond crown, and it’s fit for an entire Olympic or Commonwealth Games squad. The Bond University Sports Centre is an elite sporting facility covering 2700sqm with start-of-the-art fitness equipment, three group exercise rooms, two beach volleyball courts, a dedicated function area and is interconnected to the Olympic-sized swimming pool. It was officially opened in a ceremony presided over by Swimming Australia President John Bertrand AM alongside Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford and Bond’s Executive Director of Sport Garry Nucifora. Other high-profile guests from the sporting world included head coach of the Australian Swimming team Jacco Verhaeren, local politicians Cr Gary Baildon AM and John-Paul Langbroek MP, and Bondy trio Olympic swim champion Melanie Wright, triathlete Courtney Atkinson and surfer Codie Klein.
regime throughout her studies at Bond and graduating with a Masters of Business Administration earlier this year achieving high distinctions along the way. “In the next few months alone we will see numerous elite athletes utilise the Sports Centre, such as the Australian and New Zealand Rugby Under 20s teams, the Japanese Rugby Union squad as well as our Bond Swimming club led by Olympian Cam McEvoy.” “Bond is already home to some of our nation’s top coaches, including Australian swimming specialist coach Richard Scarce and professional rugby union coach Sean Hedger, helping our students to achieve the outer limits of their potential.” Professor Brailsford says revitalising the Sports Centre had been on his to-do list since beginning his Vice Chancellery in 2012. He believes health and fitness are the cornerstone of a successful education.
The on-campus facility was designed by BDA Architecture and built by ADCO Constructions, which has literally laid the foundations of much of Bond in recent years.
“Our long-term strategy is to integrate sport into each of Bond University’s core functions of learning and teaching, research and engagement to offer tangible opportunities and benefits to students,” says Professor Brailsford.
The new facility is clad in Bond’s signature sandstone and in keeping with the iconic campus architecture.
“Recent analysis from the UK and USA demonstrate that student athletes have far greater chances of winning Olympic medals.
Professor Brailsford says the University’s vision to provide programs and facilities to support tomorrow’s leaders in sport had been realised with the unveiling of the Sports Centre.
“The co-development and joint pursuit of two paths stimulates both sides of an individual’s brain matter, equips them with different coping mechanisms, and produces an individual who can simultaneously deal with the trappings of success and equally face the agony of defeat and devastation of injury.
“At Bond, we recognise the values, attitudes and beliefs synonymous with sporting success are a strong contributor to academic achievement and well-rounded graduates,” says Professor Brailsford. “Olympic swimming gold medallist Melanie Wright is a shining example of this, maintaining a gruelling training
“Those types of individuals develop strengths, traits and attributes that will serve them well in life, and it’s no surprise a number of our business leaders have come from sporting backgrounds.”
GALLOPING TO THE TOP
“We provide a program that mimics what professionals would be doing, as far as their strength and conditioning and rugby skills go, as well as educating them in what
nutritional aspects are needed.
“If a player is in our program, they are giving themselves every opportunity to be selected into the Queensland U20s and Australian U20s program.” “The obvious goal is to have all teams competing in finals and 3 of the 4 teams made the finals with the Premier Colts making the Grand Final in 2016,” he says. The Bond University Rugby Club is a member of the Queensland Rugby Union and is the only Gold Coast-based club competing in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition. The club fields four teams with two Senior teams, the Premier and Premier First Grade,
and two Colts Under 19s teams, the Premier Colts and Colts 1. “We are trying to establish a program that is the best resourced of all the rugby club programs in Queensland,” says Mr Hedger. “It is through the use of the University’s facilities, such as the High Performance Training Centre at Robina and the new sports centre on campus, that we can add bits to our rugby program that other clubs can’t. “We are trying to utilise the facilities that are available at the University to add to the rugby program’s variety, and that differentiates us from all other clubs in Queensland and Australia.”
BOND University’s Equestrian Club is galloping to another level, recently establishing an exclusive partnership with the largest pony club in Queensland. The Bond Equestrian Club, established in early 2013 by a group of staff and students, is hoping through the agreement with the Tallebudgera Pony Club (TPC) it is able to attract more young people with horses to the Gold Coast and Bond University. In addition, it will provide opportunities for its students and other young adults throughout Queensland to ride and compete at state-of-the-art equestrian facilities. The TPC equestrian club recently received a $400,000 upgrade featuring a 30 metre by 80 metre undercover arena, to be known as the Bond University Indoor Arena, and more than 20 covered yards. “When we were able to secure the partnership with TPC it meant a whole new chapter for our club, the students and the University,” says Bond Equestrian Club President Georgia Taylor. “To be able to function as a club for students, but also reach the wider equestrian community, we were able to continue the growth of the equestrian community on the Gold Coast as well as entice students to be involved and study at Bond.” Through the agreement, Bond is able to host a number of show jumping and dressage competitions throughout the year.
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SHOOTING FOR THE STARS IN 2015 Bond University cemented an exclusive partnership with elite netball squad the Golden South Jaguars, creating a force to be reckoned with in the Queensland league. The newly named Bond University Golden South Jaguars consists of two teams, Divisions one and two in the Golden South netball region, with a third division being added in 2017. Bond University Golden South Jaguars head coach Linda Peterson says the teams performed well in the first half of 2016 with the Division One team finishing third on the ladder after losing the preliminary final by just one goal. Meanwhile, the Division Two side finished fourth this season after being beaten in another close semifinal against Brisbane West Lions. Peterson says with the support of Bond University, the teams are on the fast track to success.
Bond student Ms Madeline Groves
FROM club sport and local competitions to representing Australia on the world stage, Bond University offers a variety of opportunities for students who are looking to balance sport with study. Most recently the University saw success at the Northern University Games where 158 students competed in 8 different sports. Bond has congratulated Uni Games medallists in Futsal (gold & overall pennant), Men’s Football (silver), Men’s Touch (silver), Men’s Tennis (silver), Mixed Beach Volleyball (silver), Men’s Golf (gold) and Women’s Golf (bronze). Meanwhile, two Bond students - Madeline Groves and Mat Belcher - have just competed at the Rio Olympics.
She says Bond has the ability to provide for the team’s strength and conditioning needs as well as financial support for the region to be able to gain a licence for the teams to participate in the league.
Ms Groves, a Georgina Hope Rinehart Swimming Excellence Scholarship holder, was part of the Australian Olympic swim team. During her Olympic debut, Ms Groves won silver in the 200m butterfly, narrowly missing out on the gold yet cracking a personal best time.
“Bond University personnel and facilities will play an important part in our upcoming pre-season, especially regarding the teams’ physical preparation,” she says.
Also living the Olympic dream was Mat Belcher, this time taking home the silver at his second games. Mr Belcher took part in the men’s 470 (dinghy) sailing class event.
“I recently attended the opening of the new sports centre, which is an impressive venue and one we hope to utilise with all our athletes.” The new partnership has seen Bond University open its high quality training facilities to the Jaguars, as well as provide opportunities for Bond students studying sports management, physiotherapy, and film and television to complete internships through the netball club. Jaguars in state teams include Leah Middleton, Kristen Oxenford, Cara Koenen, Billie Gurr, Bryah Gafa, Shenae Grant and Jessica Donnelly.
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Bond Sport and Programs Manager Jackie Parra says whether a Bond student enjoys kicking around a footy once or twice a week, or are professional athletes like Ms Groves, Bond can accommodate those passions. “We support elite athletes in that we offer flexibility in their studies,” says Ms Parra.
“It is especially important that we allow elite athletes the opportunity to balance their sport and their study. And that is part of what the Georgina Hope Rinehart Swimming Excellence Scholarship offers - it understands the sporting endeavours of athletes.” “It feels absolutely amazing to be representing Australia in Rio,” says Ms Groves. “The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of sport, and to achieve selection makes me feel humbled and very grateful for the opportunities and support I’ve had throughout my career so far from Dr Rinehart and Bond.” While she admits it can sometimes be tough managing her Bachelor of Social Science with swimming, Ms Groves says Bond makes that balance possible. “Bond is very supportive and understanding of demands in elite sport, and its help has meant that neither swimming nor academic performance has been impeded by the other.” “Bond’s swim program is very strong nationally because we have one of the country’s best swim coaches, Mr Richard Scarce, who was selected by Swimming Australia to be one of the Rio coaches,” says Ms Parra. “Our swim program is at the forefront of swim programs in Australia and it is attracting swimmers to both swim with our Club and also study at Bond.”
Bond Student Mr Mat Belcher and Mr Will Ryan competing
YARNING UP RECEIVES PREMIER’S AWARD BOND University has once again hosted a successful Yarning Up initiative within the heart of the Cape York peninsula, leading a number of local business leaders and educators on an eye-opening journey through the Lockhart River region. The five-day trip kicked off with a visit to the AFL Indigenous boarding house and the local girls’ academy, allowing guests to gain an understanding and appreciation for the schooling models offered within smaller Indigenous communities. Visitors also had the chance to interact with all facets of community life, which included visits to local schools, public service stations, men’s and women’s shelters, health care centres and more. Bond University Pro Vice-Chancellor of Pathways & Partnerships Catherine O’Sullivan says this year’s Yarning Up provided extremely valuable insights into the lives of the locals, highlighting a number of challenges which remote Indigenous communities often face when it comes to education. “The issues of education in remote areas are really within the context of broader issues which impact on those same communities as a whole,” says Ms O’Sullivan.
“It opened up some very different conversations – very powerful and good conversations – allowing a mix of different people to see the issues through different eyes.” Ms O’Sullivan says the people who attended this year’s Yarning Up have each been inspired to make their own individual contributions to the community. “There was a diversity of issues and also a diversity of solutions,” says Ms O’Sullivan. “Each person has come back committed to doing something for the community.” At the 2016 Queensland Reconciliation Awards, the Yarning Up initiative was named the winner of the Premier’s Reconciliation Award, an achievement which Ms O’Sullivan believes speaks volumes of Bond’s dedication to the community. “I think that as a learning institution, Bond has a responsibility to be looking to how we can use our extensive human resources to be able to look at the broader context of communities that we live in.”
“There was a diversity of issues and also a diversity of solutions... each person has come back committed to doing something for the community.”
“To receive the Premier’s Reconciliation Award recognises that as a University we have been very proactive in that space.”
Indigenous Gala special guest and performer Troy Cassar-Daley
GEARING UP FOR THE
BOND University is getting ready to host its biggest Indigenous Gala yet, with special guest Troy Cassar-Daley set to share his own inspiring story as well as headlining the night’s entertainment. The Gala has grown over the years to become the largest corporate event in Bond’s calendar, and this year is expected to attract a sell-out crowd of 600 people. Pro-Vice Chancellor of Pathways and Partnerships at Bond University Catherine O’Sullivan says the event strengthens cultural bonds, gaining interest each year from communities both far from and close to home. “There has been a lot of interest and positivity on the Gold Coast over the last couple of years, especially considering how the City of Gold Coast has developed its cultural strategy,” says Ms O’Sullivan. Among the event sponsors and those supporting Bond’s commitment to Indigenous education is Mark Sowerby of
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Blue Sky Alternative Investments, who has funded a 50 per cent scholarship to an Indigenous student undertaking a business degree. Ms O’Sullivan says the Indigenous Gala also provides a special opportunity for the community to engage with the arts.
“It seems like more people are becoming curious and interested to know about the art, the music and the stories behind Indigenous culture – and this event gives us an opportunity to put those aspects at the forefront.
“Bond University are the custodians of one of the largest collections of Indigenous art in Australia, shared by patron Dr Patrick Corrigan AM, and those pieces on the wall tell a very powerful story.” Previously the Gala has welcomed special guests including Christine Anu, Jeremy Donovan and original members of The Sapphires, Lois Peeler and Laurel Robinson.
The Bond community extends a sincere thank you to all alumni who have previously volunteered to be an Alumni Mentor. The program is run each year in the September semester.
Canada Alumni Homecoming
Los Angeles Alumni Event
September semester 163 classes commence
Melbourne Alumni Event
Brisbane Alumni Event
Indonesia Alumni Event
London Alumni Event
163 Graduation Ceremonies
Bond University Research Week
Papua New Guinea Alumni Event
Canberra Alumni Event
Tokyo Alumni Event
Bond BBT 1000th Graduate Celebration (Japan)
Canada Alumni Homecoming Event (Toronto)
Brisbane Alumni Event
Alumni Advisory Board Meeting
London Alumni Event
Perth Alumni Event
Melbourne Alumni Event
Sydney Alumni Event
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The annual Alumni Mentor Program is a valuable connection point for Bond graduates and current Bond students. Alumni have the opportunity to personally share their professional experiences and insights; students have the opportunity to connect with industry professionals in their chosen field. The Alumni Mentor Program provides a wonderful opportunity for alumni to give back to the Bond community and make an outstanding positive impact for current Bond students.
BBT 1000th Graduate Celebration
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Canada Alumni Homecoming Event (Vancouver)
Medicine Graduation Ceremony
September semester 163 classes end
16th January semester 171 classes commence TBA
Alumni Advisory Board Meeting
171 Graduation Ceremonies
24th January semester 171 classes end TBA
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15th May semester 172 classes commence 18th
Bond University Homecoming
172 Graduation Ceremonies
Bond University Open Day
May semester 172 classes end
Alumni Advisory Board Meeting
SAVE THE DATE | 18 May â€“ 22 May, 2017 In May each year, all roads lead back to campus for Bond alumni and their families. Homecoming is our annual celebration where alumni, students, staff and the wider Bond community join together to celebrate the Universityâ€™s Foundation Day, 15 May, 1989. In 2017, we will be celebrating Homecoming from May 18 - 22, so block the dates in your calendar now and get in touch with your fellow Bondies to make plans to be on campus.
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